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World Trade Center Transit Hub Finally opens

A portion of The World Trade Center’s new $4 billion transportation hub opened today.

The Oculus, is a huge pristine white hall that will stop you dead in your tracks.

WTC inside 2

The architecture has many New Yorkers staring in awe or shaking their heads. Architect Santiago Calatrava designed it to look like a dove, but many have compared it to angel wings or bones.

Most importantly, it will serve as another memorial for those lost in the September 11th attacks.

The hub will connect 11 subway lines, the PATH system, and Battery Park City Ferry terminal. It will allow access the 9/11 memorial and World Trade Center buildings. Retail stores and restaurants will be occupying spaces in the months to come. Paul Bergen, northjersey.com

World Trade Center Oculus

With the opening of the Oculus, the rest of the memorials and the daily bustle of commuters coming into the city from New Jersey one can only imagine the increase of pedestrian traffic on the surrounding streets.

If you are a cab or Uber driver please be mindful and obey all traffic rules by World Trade Center. And if you receive a ticket in that area I can help you fight it! Call me at 212-227-9008 or email MichaelBlock.law@gmail.com with any questions.

Photo: NY Times

Vision Zero’s First Arrest: Was it Really the Bus Driver’s Fault?

According to an MTA report, the first bus driver arrested under New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative, Theresa Gallagher, was found to not be at fault for running over a pedestrian. The bus driver was put in jail for fatally running over a man in a South Bronx intersection last October on East 147th Street. Under Vision Zero, bus drivers, as well as all other drivers, face misdemeanor charges if a pedestrian is seriously injured or killed due to the driver failing to yield right of way. A report from the MTA noted that Gallagher was not at fault due to a faulty streetlight limiting the bus driver’s visibility, which led to the fatal accident involving pedestrian in the early morning darkness. Since Vision Zero has taken effect, 6 bus drivers have been arrested under the law for failure to yield offenses. In addition, New York City’s speed limit has been lowered to 25 mph, which has led to a drastic increase in the amount of speeding tickets issued by the NYPD.

Please contact us immediately at 212-227-9008 if you receive a traffic ticket for failure to yield or if you receive a speeding ticket in New York City.

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